The Kelowna Buskers Program PDF Print E-mail

Covid-19 Health & Safety Announcement

We know our community has been greatly impacted by the Pandemic and Festivals Kelowna wants to offer support in the ways we can. We have evaluated how we could modify our events and programs so that when the time was right and it was appropriate to do so, we would be ready to again produce activities that our community loves and participates in.

We are pleased to let you know that we’ve been given permission to resume the Kelowna Buskers Program.  With the safety of the public, Buskers, and our staff in mind, we have made the following modifications for the year:

- A limited number of permits will be issued on a first-come-first-serve basis

- 40 permits will be released on March 1, 2021. We will increase the number of permits available on a monthly basis depending on busker demand and current conditions

- Busking applications will be held by appointment only. Please call Grace at 250-868-3307 to schedule an appointment

- A reduced number of Busk Stops will be open - only those stops that allow adequate physical distancing between Buskers and the public

For more information, please view the Kelowna Buskers Program Application below.


"Busking" is the practice of performing in public places for tips and gratuities. People engaging in this practice are called "buskers" or "street performers".

The Kelowna Buskers Program is a year-round program that welcomes and encourages local and touring, professional and amateur, buskers to perform their fun art form. Buskers may do anything that will entertain people such as mime, physical comedy, juggling, puppetry, playing an instrument, or singing.

The program runs year-round from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm, seven days a week, and features a variety of designated "Busk Stop" locations in Kelowna's downtown core, along the waterfront walkways, City Park, throughout the Cultural District, and a few locations in South Pandosy area.

Buskers are not paid performers, so they are permitted to encourage donations that may be received in receptacles such as an open musical instrument case, box or hat.

To participate, buskers undergo an audition with Festivals Kelowna. Once approved, they receive a photo permit to perform in one of over 15 designated "Busk Stops", which they rotate through on a regular basis.

Interested in applying for a Buskers Permit?

1) Click here for the UPDATED Application Package which contains important information about the Kelowna Buskers Program. Please read through the program guidelines, and fill out the "Service Agreement" and "Application" Form.

2) Book and appointment for an audition by contacting Grace, Program Coordinator, at 250-868-3307. Please print and fill out the "Application Package" prior to you appointment.

3) Once approved and payment received, you will be given a photo permit and a map of the designated "Busk Stop" locations. To download the map, Click here

Please note that due to COVID-19, we have temporarily closed the following Busk Stops:

#13 Bernard Ave (Craft Beer Market)

The Kelowna Buskers Program is managed by Festivals Kelowna, a non-profit society that produces community focused, family friendly festivals and events that enhances the lifestyle of our citizens and visitors.

NEW ADDRESS, same location.

You can find us at 100 - 1680 Water St. in the Commerce Centre
(corner of Water St. and Harvey Avenue).

Deadline for applications: Ongoing